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AQA GCSE Drama: Designing Drama

Author(s): Sue Shewring

awarding body: AQA

level: GCSE

isbn: 978-1-912820-24-5

subject: Drama

Pages: 288pp




"What a wonderful piece of work this is – there are going to be some very happy Drama teachers when this comes out!"

Head of Drama and Theatre Studies, Kingswood School


This new Student Book will support your students through the GCSE Drama design options of lighting, sound, set, costume and puppet design.



Take a look!

The clear and accessible layout will help students engage with and fully understand key design ideas and information

Separate chapters for each of the five design elements give a solid foundation on which to develop the required exam skills

Written by an experienced author in collaboration with expert consultants working professionally in each of the design areas

Numerous diagrams, sketches, plans and photographs help students visualise the practical elements of being a drama designer

Provides a range of practice questions with exemplar answers and extensive advice on exam preparation



Course outline and how you will be assessed 

How to use this book 

Introduction to Design 

Lighting Design

Sound Design

Set Design

Costume Design

Puppet Design

Component 1 – Understanding Drama - The written exam

Component 2 – Devising Drama

Designing Sound for the devised piece

Designing Lighting for the devised piece

Designing Set for the devised piece

Designing Costume for the devised piece

Designing Puppets for the devised piece

Component 3 – Texts is Practice

Designing Sound for Texts in Practice

Designing Lighting for Texts in Practice

Designing Set for Texts in Practice

Designing Costume for Texts in Practice

Designing Puppets for Texts in Practice


About the author

Sue Shewring worked as an actor and education development officer during the height of Britain’s Theatre-in-Education movement. She later became Head of Drama at an 11-18 school where she staged several full scale productions at a local theatre. She advised in the capacity of Lead Teacher of Drama for Lancashire, and now tutors GCSE and A-level students.